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The Sundowners (1960)




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Paddy Carmody (Robert Mitchum) is an Irish-Australian who promises wife Ida (Deborah Kerr) he will quit his free wheeling ways and settle down. He takes a job as a shearer on a sheep farm to save money for a down payment on a farm of their own. Domestic trouble begins when he gambles away the family's money in an effort to get rich quick.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Peter Ustinov
as Venneker
Glynis Johns
as Mrs. Firth
Dina Merrill
as Jean Halstead
Chips Rafferty
as Quinlan
Wylie Watson
as Herb Johnson
Mervyn Johns
as Jack Patchogue
Molly Urquhart
as Mrs. Bateman
Ewen Solon
as Bob Halstead
Dick Bentley
as Shearer
Gerry Duggan
as Shearer
Peter Carver
as Shearer
Leonard Teale
as Shearer
Alister Williamson
as Shearer (uncredited)
Ray Barrett
as (uncredited)
Max Osbiston
as Farm Couple
Mercia Barden
as Farm couple
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Critic Reviews for The Sundowners

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Zinnemann's customary care for detail pays occasional dividends, but the film goes on rather too long.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A touching Fred Zinnemann movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

an enough enjoyable diversion

Full Review… | March 24, 2009

...the film's lack of plot never becomes as pronounced as one might've feared...

Full Review… | February 4, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

This sprawling, often boring saga of Aussie nomads in the 1920s is directed by Zinnemann with his customary tamed discipline and human realism, elevated by the solid ensemble.

Full Review… | December 2, 2006

A splendid, sprawling saga of Australia.

Full Review… | July 30, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Sundowners


***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

It goes to prove that you may have Mitchum, Kerr and Ustinov and still not have a great film. This "Australian western" is dull at times and without enough redeeming qualities.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The lives of migrant laborers in early-20th century Australia are displayed with great thoughtfulness and care. The case for settling down and the case for remaining itinerant each have their appeal and their risks. The husband and wife at the center of the movie (portrayed by two of the best actors of the day, Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr) often disagree over these issues. Yet they do not shout at or belittle each other as so many film couples would in their place; instead, their shared experiences and mutual willingness to compromise have created a strong bond between them despite their different worldviews and aspirations. Their equal, loving partnership makes it easy for the audience to sympathize with both of their perspectives and to root for a conclusion that will satisfy them both. This is a beautiful, historically- and emotionally-intelligent movie with a top-shelf cast that includes Peter Ustinov, whose voice instantly brightens my day.

David Conrad
David Conrad

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